Van Horn declares local state of disaster over illegal immigration

Declaration of Local State of Disaster
Declaration of Local State of Disaster(The Culberson County/Town of Van Horn Office of Emergency Management)
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - The city of Van Horn is under a local state of disaster declaration, according to post by the Culberson County/Town of Van Horn Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook page.

The city’s mayor, Rebecca L. Brewster, has determined extra measures must be taken to protect the welfare of county residents.

“Whereas, the public health and safety of the residents of the Town of Van Horn, Texas is under imminent threat of disaster from an elevated risk of exposure to unknown variants of COVID-19 resulting from the human trafficking occurring on our border with Mexico,” the declaration reads in part.

The mayor cited limited resources in the declaration.

“...The limited resources of the Town of Van Horn, Texas cannot adequately furnish the necessary procedures and facilities set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing and quarantining of thousands of illegal aliens who may be infected with unknown variants of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases that residents have not been vaccinated for.”

The declaration requested Governor Greg Abbott “provide state military forces to aid in controlling conditions in the county by assisting the County Sheriff in the enforcement of law and the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the county.” The mayor also requested “the assistance of additional law enforcement to uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the city” in the notice.

The declaration comes one day after the U.S. Border Patrol Big Bend Sector posted on Facebook that 115 undocumented people were found in Van Horn on Monday. The sector has seen a significant jump in apprehensions this year. According to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, apprehensions from Fiscal Year 2020 to Fiscal Year 2021 were up 390.9 percent in the Big Bend Sector.

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